Advisory: This Weekend For Framingham/Worcester Line Customers, Bus Shuttles Will Operate Between Wellesley Farms to South Station

Construction projects underway to improve service

BOSTON, MA – March 29, 2017 – As Keolis Commuter Services, operator of the MBTA Commuter Rail, make improvements to the Framingham/Worcester Line, necessary construction work will mean that this weekend service between Wellesley Farms and South Station will be provided on bus shuttles beginning Friday, March 31, at 8:30 p.m. and continuing through Sunday, April 2.

Inbound Framingham/Worcester Line commuter rail trains will terminate at Wellesley Farms Station where passengers can connect with shuttle buses to stations in Newton, Back Bay, and Boston’s South Station. No service will be provided by rail or bus shuttle at Yawkey Station.

Passengers seeking outbound Framingham/Worcester Line service from South Station or Back Bay may board shuttle buses to Wellesley Farms for the Commuter Rail connection. Shuttle buses will also depart from station platforms in Newtonville, West Newton, and Auburndale to Wellesley Farms for outbound Commuter Rail service..

Passengers should allow additional travel time and anticipate delays of approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Bicycles will not be permitted on shuttle buses.

Additionally, beginning Tuesday, April 4, Keolis Commuter Services will be replacing 20,000 ties on the Framingham/Worcester Line, the system’s second busiest and third longest. Work is expected to last until the first week of June and construction will occur primarily in off-peak hours Tuesdays through Sundays in order to mitigate service impacts.

Once complete, over 75,000 ties on the Worcester Line will have been replaced since Keolis’ contract began. Tie-replacements and de-stressing of rail in summer 2016 eliminated heat restrictions, a previous cause of delays. This year’s work will help to further improve track conditions and prevent delays.

Trains may experience delays of up to 15 minutes due to the tie replacement work. Additionally, train 512’s departure will be held until 9:00am for the duration of the project.

Customers are encouraged to subscribe to T-Alerts, download the m-Ticket app and follow @MBTA_CR on Twitter for updates. T-Alerts will consistently reflect the temporary adjustment to Train 512’s departure time and work progress will be posted to Twitter.